Monthly Archives: December 2013

Giveaway: 21-Day Sugar Detox Books

Hello dear readers!
I hope you all had a pleasant holiday.  If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then I hope you had a terrific Wednesday.
No matter your religious or social celebration habits, we are all facing a new calendar year coming up in less than a week.  We are rapidly closing in on 2014!
I thought I’d end this year on a high note and give away TWO books.  These babies are going to be given away to one person as a bundle.
Diane Sanfilippo’s new books about the 21 Day Sugar Detox are brilliant. The first is a how-to and why you ought to get rid of sugar in your diet.  The second is a very thorough cookbook covering every meal.
To tell you the truth, I’m going to be using my copies of these beauties to make sure I start the new year as healthy as I can be.  I admit to eating more than my fair share of sweet treats over these past days (maybe weeks?  Thanksgiving wasn’t that far in the past…..)
So, here’s the deal:  I’m going to run this giveaway until 12:01 am, January 1, 2014.  You can enter multiple ways.
1. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.2. Sign up for my mailing list (I don’t spam!)
3. Leave me a comment and tell me what you hope to accomplish (health-wise or otherwise) in 2014.
Like many other small businesses, I have a Facebook page, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to get people to see my posts over there.  Only about a tenth of you see my content.  I still invite you to like my page over there (and please make sure I’m shown in your news feed!) but I will probably be focusing less and less on Facebook as the months roll on.  Sad, I know.
That’s it!  I wish all of you the very best in the new year.  We have so much to learn from each other and I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings to all of us
Love and peace.Jill

Joy's Thief

They say that comparison is the thief of joy.  I am finding this to be soundly true these days.
So, I turned 40 a few weeks ago and as a vacation/birthday present/way to celebrate all things Fermented being done and out there, Dude and I went to Prague in the Czech Republic.  Simply put, it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  Positively gorgeous!  So much so that it seemed fake.  You know like that Disney-fake or Las Vegas-fake where everything is just a little too staged and perfect and pretty?  Well, Prague is the real deal.  My puny iPhone photos cannot even come close to doing it justice.
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I didn’t think it to be true, but I guess when you turn 40, you get a little introspective.  I thought I’d burst into my new decade with gusto!  Nope. I’m being a little more measured about my enthusiasm and consciously or unconsciously, I am finding myself taking stock of where I am in my life – what I’ve done, what I want to do, where I’m going, where I’ve been. All that.
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Here’s what I’ve come up with:
I’m should-ing all over myself. 
This is anything but a complaint, but it’s hard to be around people who do things so well.
I have friends and friends and friends and friends (and tons more!) who are great at what they do.  These people are fabulous cooks, health pioneers, photographers, bloggers, writers, and entrepreneurs who are actively doing things that change people’s lives.  And they’re doing it beautifully – both aesthetically and metaphorically speaking.
I am also friends with and associated with a really terrific group of people who, locally speaking, are performing very well in the gym or on the roads.
I am very very honored to be a part of a community of people who are on the cutting edge of interesting things.
Plus, my husband is a genius (literally) who is very accomplished at his job and loves it.
This is my way of saying that I feel the pressure to live up to the company I keep.  Don’t get me wrong, THIS IS DEFINITELY A GOOD THING.  That deserves all caps. I am not complaining that I exist in a circle of people who are smart, accomplished, beautiful, trendsetters.  It’s just that I haven’t exactly found my place amongst them yet.
I am finding it very difficult to reconcile who I am as a private person with who I am as a professional/athlete/friend.  I look at what these people are doing around me and I tell myself, “You SHOULD be doing that.”
You should be posting on your blog more.
You should be doing more fermenting.
You should be better at social media.
You should be taking better photographs.
You should post more recipes.
You should be out there winning your age group in all these races you run.
You should be deadlifting 225 pounds.
You should be on the New York Times bestsellers list.
You should be faster/stronger/smarter/(insert anything here).
You should be holding webinars.
You should be giving lectures.
You should be selling more books.
You should __________.
I’m not doing myself any favors.  In fact, the result of this rampant “should-ing” has been me pretty much dropping off the face of the Internet for a few weeks.  I did it to myself.  I have been comparing myself to those around me and it’s only made me upset with who I am.  It’s taken away from the joy I feel with who I’ve become, what I can do, what I’ve already accomplished, and my potential to do more.
So yeah, comparison IS the thief of joy.
I’ve lost the joy I feel when I am doing MY thing – health coaching, talking food, posting stuff here, interacting with you guys on Facebook and Instagram – because I’ve been preoccupied with comparing my success to others.
I’ve lost the joy to go out and run because I’m too busy telling myself that I should be faster like all those people I see in my running club.
I’ve become disinterested in CrossFit because I can’t walk on my hands across the gym and I can’t lift as much as the other (younger!) people there.
And now I’m a bit mad at myself for letting this sense of competition get in the way of my own happiness.  That’s not what life is about.  That’s not what I’M about.
So the should-ing stops today.  I’m going to do what I want to do, in my fashion, at my speed, at my weight.
I’ll be seeing you here on the blog and around my various social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram [my fave!], Twitter, Pinterest) but it will be at my speed and in my style.  I hope that works for you too.

prague 3(Here I am – 40 years old.)